Poop Post

Yes, this is a post about poop, so if that’s not your thing, run along and come back some other day!

First, I wanted to tell everyone about this amazing product. Unless you or your child has cerebral palsy, you probably didn’t know that people with CP often have digestive issues. Basically, smooth muscles are just as weak as some of the skeletal muscles and that makes “moving things along” difficult. Well, Alice’s mom recommended a product a while back called Fruit-eze and this is a truly wonderful thing (quite a coincidence, Alice’s mom blogged about poop recently too!). Anyway, if we give Charlie Fruit-eze than we can rest-assured that he WILL poop. This stuff works! We like it so much that we have told a lot of people about it and now they are coming back to us and telling us how much they love it. Charlie’s instructor gave it to her grown daughter who’s had trouble with constipation her entire life. Now, she has some fruit-eze every morning and is doing great. They are fruit-eze converts! Another member of my family (who will go unnamed for privacy reasons) feels like her entire quality of life has improved since using Fruit-eze. The best part is that it doesn’t taste bad–kind of like a Fig Newton. The website even includes instructions on how to put it through a g-tube. Really, if you or anyone you know has issues with constipation then you owe it to yourself to try it out. We’re basically buying it in bulk now if that tells you how we feel about it.

In other poop news, we’ve started letting Charlie poop in the potty as they say. Basically, most nights he’ll be sitting in his high chair, eating applesauce laced with Phenobarb, and he’ll decide that this is the optimum time to go number two. Well, gravity is on his side at that point, but sitting on a hard surface does pose a bit of a problem. He’d grunt, nothing would happen, we’d lay him out on his changing table and he’d do his business. One night the light bulb went off and I told my husband to let him sit on the toilet instead. We put him on there and he pooped like a champ. How great is that? No nasty diaper, no packaging up another person’s crap, basically, it’s like Christmas.

My husband says that this isn’t true potty training since we aren’t explaining things to Charlie and he’s not telling us he has to go to the bathroom. I say, screw it, MY KID IS POOPING IN THE TOILET AND I DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIS FECES! True potty training my ass.

Finally, we went back to the doc today and while there is still infection in his ears, it’s improving, so the doc thinks the new antibiotic is working. She does think he’s got croup as well, though, so we’re doing a three day course of steroids. Ahhh, the joys of motherhood, sick kids and crap. Will the glamour ever stop?

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  1. The glamour never stops. It just changes as the kids go through life!

    At least that is what my Mom says. Kids never stop being your kids even after they have their own families.

  2. Oh, Christmas, my birthday, every major event if only we could get the same routine with Jack!! We have poop issues and it’s truly affected Jack’s quality of life :( I am going to check out the product you mentioned — I am not sure if I could get Jack to eat something (right now it’s miralax in is drink every day that’s sort of doing the trick). That’s awesome that Mr. Charilie’s poopy is going by the way of the toilet! And yes, it is potty training, just not the typical path πŸ˜‰ Love it — keep us posted!!

  3. therextras says:

    I agree with Angela – this is a step in potty-training (sorry, Charlie’s Dad). Timed-stimulated movement in a ‘typical’ position, erm, can you tell I’m avoiding certain words….definitely a training method!


  4. Angela:
    We mix the fruit-eze into Charlie’s morning oatmeal, but some other families have spread it on bread like jelly. If you go to Alice’s page, she tells how they get Alice to take it.

  5. Well, he may not be totally potty-trained–but who cares as long as he’s not pooping on himself! πŸ˜‰

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good for Charile using the potty. I am sure he will soon figure out that this is the way to go (no pun intended). We have used the fruit-eze stuff here too when my youngest was having troubles in this area. It is great stuff!

  7. Abbie says, “That was a lot of poop stuff.”

  8. Well, that is just plain awesome he poops in the potty. And I am glad the ear infection is getting better, though darn about that croup.

    Man, I could talk poop all day. Someone needs to do an entire poop blog, though come to think of it I’m sure that already exists. Get this: Max will poop in the potty for the babysitter, BUT NOT FOR US.

    Max kept me up most of last night, he was tossing and turning and whining, I felt for sure he had an ear infection. I was half asleep this morning in bed, the kids were watching TV when all of a sudden I smelled the most awful poop. Max looked at me with this huge grin on his face. That’s what had kept him up all night.

    I am going to go look into starting that poop blog. All sorts of possibilities for names.